Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was a very productive session with the student. First I heard great news she scored a 97 on the exam where the mean was about an 80. Second, we laid out a plan of action for future sessions to come. Each Wednesday we will meet and review the material the professor has gone over in class and then hammer the homework and/or any labs. This way the student will periodically prepare for exams as the semester goes along with out having the need to cram a lot of material. I'd have to say she has a great mind for physics so my job becomes easier where all I have to do is guide her in the right direction. Energy, and work are concepts she understands very well so I'm confident moving forward she will not struggle."
"The student and I covered example problems using free body diagrams, inclined planes, tension, friction, Newton's laws, spring force, and kinetic/potential energy. He understood the concepts I presented him. He and I built a crib sheet with some important formulas to help him study for his test."
"We reviewed ray tracing for curved mirrors and previewed how ray tracing for lenses is different. We also previewed the math for finding the image from a curved mirror and its properties such as its magnification in relation to the actual object. In addition, we also reviewed finding an approximation for a definite integral using the left-hand rule, right-hand rule, and the trapezoid rule. She is doing well finding the exact area under a curve (the integral) for functions that give straight lines such as the absolute value function, and we talked about ways to determine which y-values are needed for which rule when solving for curved functions."
"The student and I worked on problems from a review for his test. We primarily discussed rotational kinematics and the energy of those systems. He did well with setting up the systems."
"Solving area of a hexagon on a coordinate plane --> Draw lines across opposing points to divide it into 6 triangles --> use point slop to find equation of each line --> use matrices to solve for the point of intersection --> using the 3 points of each triangle, find the distance using distance formula then use Heron's Law to find the area."
"The student and I discussed her parallel and series circuit lab that she did this week. After this we went through her homework, which was also over parallel and series circuits. I had her write a parallel versus series paper in which we discussed how voltage, resistance, and current works in each. During her homework we referenced this frequently. We ended the lesson with some practice problems that dealt with series and parallel circuits combined. This was challenging for her and stretched her knowledge, but we got through it together and she did quite well. She told me that before her last test she used a website I recommended and it helped immensely as a study tool."
"During my second session with the student, we reviewed several concepts of her physics lab, including the definition of electric potential and understanding electric circuits. She had materials from her physics course, and explained their last experiment where they examined the flow of electric current in a circuit using a compass. We reviewed the principles behind electric current and why the needle of a compass will align itself with the flow of electric current when placed near a closed circuit. We reviewed some concepts behind other experiments she had performed in her lab, and ended with some practice problems from her online physics classroom. At the beginning of the session she was simply having some trouble understanding the concepts behind the physics of what she saw in class, but by the end she was conceptually understanding the material much better."
"Covered electrostatics, electric potential, drawing field lines, electric fields, and Coulomb's Law. I described how electric fields act in terms of gravitational fields since they are very similar. We then reviewed his homework. I will gauge how well he has absorbed the material next time and go from there."
"Student told me ahead of time that he needed to work on a project/report, and needed my help. So his topic was over how to do an Ollie (skateboard jump). He needed to apply physics concepts to explain how it works. I helped him with this the whole 1.5 hours. He did very well and wrote it himself. I can't wait to hear how he does on it."
"The student and I reviewed the first unit she covered, at the beginning of the year, energy and the different types of energy, kinetic, gravitational potential, elastic, chemical, magnetic, the conservation of energy, energy due to movement and energy due to a field, gravitational, magnetic."
"During this session we covered electricity and magnetism. We mostly focused on how to work with alternating current. This involved working with rms voltage and current. With an alternating circuit with a capacitor we discussed how we can find the current at a given point in time given the voltage across the capacitor or vice versa. We also covered RLC circuits and resonant frequencies. This included looking at impedance and how to find it. We looked at how frequency affects the reactance of inductors and capacitors. A high frequency creates a low reactance for capacitors while a low frequency creates a high reactance for capacitors while inductors behave the opposite way with frequency."
"We reviewed for upcoming test on relativity. Completed homework over materials and discussed strategies for setting up the problems and double checking reasonableness of answers. The student did well on the time dilation and length contraction problems so we focused on the energy conversion and conceptual questions."